The ss Great Britain is one of Isambard Kingdom Brunel?s triumphs, and when she launched for the first time in 1843, she was the largest ship the world had seen. Her design (steam-driven, and with an iron hull) was the inspiration for all modern shipping. Brunel?s vision was to develop trans-Atlantic passenger trade, and the luxury bestowed on the ss Great Britain ensured that the crossings were made in style. She opened the World?s eyes to the possibility of international travel. Today, the ss Great Britain is preserved to allow visitors to really experience how life aboard would have been ? a sensory overload! On the dockside, cases and cargo wait to be loaded, and once aboard, visitors can look inside the cabins and speak to the passengers to hear their stories. State of the art technology now gives visitors the opportunity to look under the ?water? and see the ship?s impressive hull ? keeping the air dry with huge dehumidifiers means no opportunity for the iron to rust. The attention to detail that has gone into the recreation of the ship makes it an unmissable attraction, and the ?trophy cabinet? is further proof including Trip Advisor?s top ranking for Bristol in January 2012.